He’s been scouted twice by Celtic over the last 12 months and there’s watching eyes down south – but St Johnstone won’t let Ali McCann go on the cheap, clearly.

The Northern Irish international was a standout in midfield last season for St Johnstone as they won a historic League Cup and Scottish Cup double. Celtic watched him on a couple of occasions while interest has arisen from the EFL. Saints manager Callum Davidson is braced for interest in his double-winning legends.

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Celtic have scouted the St Johnstone midfielder. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Silverware last season earned St Johnstone a Europa League third round qualifier spot, cramming a European campaign in with the start of the Scottish Premiership season. Saints landed a glamour tie with Turkish giants Galatasaray and McCann shone in an outstanding display during a 1-1 draw in Istanbul.

St Johnstone have the return leg at McDiarmid Park this Thursday and have a real chance to secure an unbelievable play-off spot by beating a huge name. The club have posted a highlights reel of McCann’s outing in Turkey, saying: “£40 million now.”

With how he’s playing just now, he might just be worth that to St Johnstone. Davidson said of McCann’s Turkish heroics: “Ali was phenomenal.  He was the one who led us, he drove forward, won the ball back and was all over the pitch.  Ali was tremendous. You saw again what a good player he is.”

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